The '''S. J. Clarke Publishing Company''', founded by S. J. Clarke (1842-1930),
was a self-publishing
firm in Chicago
that sold subscription histories of communities from the 1890s until the 1930s.
[Chudacoff, Howard P., "The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company and the Study of Urban History",
''Historian'', 49:2 (1987:Feb.) pp.184-193]
The publications had limited printings, but can still be found in libraries and private collections.
On March 13, 1876, a United States congressional resolution promoted gathering of local histories by communities to commemorate the centennial of independence. A number of publishers gathered these histories and recorded additional biographies to sell in most cases to the communities they described. These local histories now provide useful primary data for contemporary historians and genealogists. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company was a major contributor with scores of titles of the form "A biographical Record of ..."...